Mint team leader Clement Lefebvre announced that the release from Cinnamon and MATE versions is just around the corner and is currently being tested for functionality. Cinnamon desktop environment to upgrade to 3.4 version, and MATE version number also jumped to 1.18; landing manager replaced by LightDM, looks very stylish customer session can also be “out of the box.”
This update also improves for Linux Mint’s local and third-party applications, including Blueberry, Xed, Xplayper, Xreader, Pix, Xviewer, Update Manager, and software source configuration tools.
If you have already installed Linux Mint 18.1 or 18.0, you will be able to upgrade directly through Update Manager. But even if you do not intend to update to 18.2, the official will also provide security patches for all legacy systems until 2021.
Reference: Linux Mint